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Idaho Wolf Harvest Up

Idaho's last wolf season was in 2009, and 181 wolves were harvested. So far with no quota in the current season, 197 wolves have been killed.

Is it because of the no quota or is it because there are more wolves? A lot of hunters are reporting killing the wolves in areas where Fish and Game didn't even know packs of wolves existed.

Wolf trapping is allowed for the first time in Idaho — but that alone doesn't explain for the increase, says Jim Hayden. He's the Fish and Game regional manager for the Idaho panhandle.

Think About Fido When Hunting in the Cold

Hunters can bundle up and take precautions to ward off the cold weather while afield. Dogs however rely solely on their human companions. While outdoors this winter season make sure you help Fido out.

Deicers are used this time of the year on the road, so getting Fido some booties for his paws would be good to keep the chemicals from his pads or washing off his feet with warm water and applying some antiseptic after a day running afield. Washing them before Fido is able to lick them will help deter ingesting any of the chemicals used for deicing. Also dogs can get clumps of ice between their toes which can make them limp. Checking for the ice buildup periodically will help make the day longer. Older dogs may have arthiritis flare ups in the extreme cold. If your dog starts limping or has tender areas, a vet visit might be needed.

Hunters For the Hungry Hoping for Increase in Donations

Hunters for the Hungry is a charity that accepts deer donations from hunters and with the help of meat processors, fill food banks with healthy food. Deer is excellent meat, lean and high in protein.

In 2010, the organization reached their highest donation of 408,000 pounds. They were hoping for 400,000 pounds this year. This is the first year since they started in the early 90s that they won't be growing with donations. They have seen about a 25% loss of donations, which is equal to about 100,000 lbs.

Arizona Deer Hunters Find Pot Stash

Pierre Mondotte and Anthony Piazza of Scottsdale were tracking a deer near Sasabe Arizona. They split up to go around a mountain to follow the deer. Mondotte spotted something that he thought was a body. After closer inspection they found it was burlap covering a pile of tin foil wrapped marijuana.

Deal on Elk Property in Utah

A 3,800 acre ranch, with a massive 11,000-square-foot lodge that includes 13 bedrooms and a 50 head bull elk herd, finds itself affected by the economy. The bank now owns Tabby Mountain Ranch after the original owners facing bankruptcy lost it.

The loss of this lodge shows the affects from the economy's downturn, and that hunters are not willing to pay thousands for the trophy bull elk hunts any more.

Husband of Woman Struck in Hunting Accident Questions Target

John Bergeron was hunting at dusk in an area that he had seen deer earlier in the day. Cheryl Blair was walking her two dogs around 5 pm in this area as well. Bergeron and Blair are neighbors in Norton, Massachusetts. Bergeron saw something and believed he saw a deer's tail, so he shot. Blair was struck by one shot from a black powder rifle. Bergeron called 911 and started doing what he could to help Blair before the emergency personnel arrived.

New Hampshire Apprentice Licenses Now Offered

Starting with the new year New Hampshire is joining about 30 other states in offering an apprentice license. This is a once in a lifetime purchase where a person can try out hunting without taking the hunters safety class.

The apprentice license is good for one year, and allows a hunter to take part in the sport as long as they are with an experienced hunter. They must be within sight and hearing range of the experienced hunter at all times.

Wandering Wolf on His Way to California

A wandering wolf has traveled across Oregon and is now within 10 miles of the California border. If the wolf named OR7 crosses into California, he would be the first gray wolf within the state in over 90 years. The wolf had been exterminated by 1924.

The 2 year old wolf has been traveling since September and has spent the past month in an area of the Siskiyou National Forest, northeast of Medford Oregon.

Border Fence Affects Immigrants of All Species

A fence built on the Arizona and Mexico border in efforts to keep undocumented immigrants from entering Arizona, has had some unexpected consequences on wildlife. That fence has also affected the migrating black bears of Arizona, and may put stress on their population.

The black bears that are near the border have been recently studied and written about in the Biological Conservation. The bears in the area are not able to migrate into Mexico, and are faced with the threat of urban sprawl, highways and change of their migratory pattern.

Buck Pays a Christmas Visit to a Salt Lake City Family

On Christmas Eve one Salt Lake City family was hoping for Santa and his reindeer, but instead got a buck that had crashed into their home. The Kellers believe that the deer tripped on a window well and fell into their home through a window. While waiting for wildlife officers, they captured several photos and videos. It will be a Christmas they won't soon forget.

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